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Friday, 23 November 1979
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Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) -I am not sure whether my question should be directed to Senator Carrick, who deals with passport control, or the Attorney-General, who deals with subversive problems. I refer to an article in this morning's Australian in which a former British lad who was in MIS talks about his experiences in Australia between 1961 and 1964. He links that service with an apology over the Palace lackey Blunt. I ask: Do we control the number of espionage operatives entering Australia, whether they be from MI5 or the Central Intelligence Agency? Do they enter Australia with diplomatic immunity or do our passport control people keep statistics on them? In effect, does Australia control the number of espionage operatives entering Australia even if they are supposed to be on our side? Do we know how many come in?

Senator DURACK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Attorney-General) -I think that question is probably too hard for either Senator Carrick or me to deal with. I think it is an immigration matter. I will take the question on board and give consideration to it. If it should be referred to the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs I shall refer it.

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